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Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Choosing the Right Oral Care Tools

April 17, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Kenneth Edwards
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We already know that keeping up with at-home oral care is vital towards avoiding cavities, gum disease, and other serious issues. But choosing the best oral care tools is a big part of the process as well. When it comes to your toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouth rinse, getting the best products can help you better maintain a clean and healthy mouth. 


There's more than plenty of toothbrushes on the market today to choose from. The first thing to consider is the bristles- most dentists recommend soft bristles for both adults and children as stiffer options can wear down the gums. You'll also want to consider the size of the brush to ensure that it comfortably fits inside your mouth. Powered toothbrushes are another option, and they are very popular today as they have been shown to be more effective than manually brushing for many people. Powered brushes are particularly helpful if you have a condition that makes brushing difficult, like arthritis. 

Consulting with your dentist is the best way to ensure that you get the toothbrush for your unique health needs. 

Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Again, consulting with a dentist can help you choose the best toothpaste for your needs whether you have sensitive teeth, or if you're looking to simply stay healthy. You can also look for options that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval, which means the product has passed the ADA's standards for safety and quality. Lastly, toothpaste that contains fluoride help to prevent cavities as well. 

Mouthwash is a great product to help ward off gum disease and gain fresh breath. However, it's only effective if you use a mouthwash that is bacteria-fighting, and you can even choose options that contain fluoride to boost your cavity control. Keep an eye out for brands that offer bacteria protection as these are the best choices to help prevent gum disease and keep your mouth healthy. 

Visit Your Dentist in Amherst

If you have any questions about the best at-home oral care options, or if you would like to schedule a cleaning with our dentist, contact our office today. We look forward to helping you get the most out of your home oral care routine!

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